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Evaluating and regulating the impacts of lobbying in the EU? The case study of green industries

Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard (2011) Evaluating and regulating the impacts of lobbying in the EU? The case study of green industries. Environmental Policy and Governance, 21, pp. 131-142.

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How should we evaluate and regulate the impacts of lobbying in the European Union (EU)? The current lack of transparency around lobbying activities and the absence of formal regulation mean that a hidden lobbying problem may prevail. The tentative case study of green industries in the EU is illustrative. The wind turbine industry, for example, benefits from ambitious environmental target levels for greenhouse gas reductions that will increase the future market for renewable energy. In contrast, for example, no environmental target levels exist that increase the future market shares of organic farming. Rational choice theory suggests that lobbying and group size advantages can explain the observed difference in achieving environmental target levels. The EU may learn from the US legislation as a starting point for a best‐practice solution and future evaluation of impacts of lobbying in the EU.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:power; lobbying; EU; regulation; organic farming; wind turbine industry; US
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > COP - Public policies and demand for organic food
Deposited By: Svendsen, Professor Gert Tinggaard
ID Code:18778
Deposited On:12 May 2011 07:41
Last Modified:18 May 2011 06:47
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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